Ontario Celebration Zone Pavilion

Structural Designer

Thornton Tomasetti|Blackwell

Client Name

Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation

Location

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING

Thornton Tomasetti

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN

Hariri Pontarini Architects

STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING

Blackwell

FABRICATOR

Tectoniks

CONSTRUCTION

Ellis Don

TEMPORARY STRUCTURES AND EXHIBITS

Astound Group

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Built for the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, these two dynamic, inflatable, undulating pavilions were built using only tensile membrane fabric and compressed air, covering 1,580 square meters.

Due to the long span, complex shape, oversized openings, and the high wind-loads on Toronto’s waterfront, a highly detailed structural analysis was critical, as were anchoring systems - the foundation consists of large ground-penetrating screws.

Judge's comment:

Clever form-finding and highly detailed structural analysis was required to create these two large scale inflatable membrane pavilions that consist of over 15000 unique fabric panels. Erected in just 72 hours, the pavilion is an excellent example of lightweight, energy efficient structure with dynamic form.